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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29516853/the-feasibility-of-early-pulmonary-rehabilitation-and-activity-after-copd-exacerbations-external-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial-qualitative-case-study-and-exploratory-economic-evaluation
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Matthew Cox, Catherine O'Connor, Katie Biggs, Daniel Hind, Oscar Bortolami, Matthew Franklin, Barbara Collins, Stephen Walters, Allan Wailoo, Julie Channell, Paul Albert, Ursula Freeman, Stephen Bourke, Michael Steiner, Jon Miles, Tom O'Brien, David McWilliams, Terry Schofield, John O'Reilly, Rodney Hughes
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects > 3 million people in the UK. Acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) are the second most common reason for emergency hospital admission in the UK. Pulmonary rehabilitation is usual care for stable COPD but there is little evidence for early pulmonary rehabilitation (EPR) following AECOPD, either in hospital or immediately post discharge. OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of recruiting patients, collecting data and delivering EPR to patients with AECOPD to evaluate EPR compared with usual care...
March 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29515682/a-review-of-trend-of-nursing-theories-related-caregivers-in-korea
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REVIEW
Sung Hae Kim, Yoona Choi, Ji-Hye Lee, Da-El Jang, Sanghee Kim
Background: The prevalence of chronic diseases has been rapidly increased due to population aging. As the duration of care needs increase, the caregivers' socioeconomic burdens have also increased. Objective: This review examines the attributes of caregiving experience and quality of life of caregivers in Korea with a focus on the application of nursing theory. Method: We reviewed studies on caregivers' caring for adult patients published till 2016 in 4 bio-medical research portal websites or data bases...
2018: Open Nursing Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440217/using-big-data-to-improve-cardiovascular-care-and-outcomes-in-china-a-protocol-for-the-chinese-electronic-health-records-research-in-yinzhou-cherry-study
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Hongbo Lin, Xun Tang, Peng Shen, Dudan Zhang, Jinguo Wu, Jingyi Zhang, Ping Lu, Yaqin Si, Pei Gao
INTRODUCTION: Data based on electronic health records (EHRs) are rich with individual-level longitudinal measurement information and are becoming an increasingly common data source for clinical risk prediction worldwide. However, few EHR-based cohort studies are available in China. Harnessing EHRs for research requires a full understanding of data linkages, management, and data quality in large data sets, which presents unique analytical opportunities and challenges. The purpose of this study is to provide a framework to establish a uniquely integrated EHR database in China for scientific research...
February 12, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29411860/self-management-for-bronchiectasis
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REVIEW
Carol Kelly, Seamus Grundy, Dave Lynes, David Jw Evans, Sharada Gudur, Stephen J Milan, Sally Spencer
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is a long term respiratory condition with an increasing rate of diagnosis. It is associated with persistent symptoms, repeated infective exacerbations, and reduced quality of life, imposing a burden on individuals and healthcare systems. The main aims of therapeutic management are to reduce exacerbations and improve quality of life. Self-management interventions are potentially important for empowering people with bronchiectasis to manage their condition more effectively and to seek care in a timely manner...
February 7, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29383545/children-s-at-home-pilot-study-assessing-dedicated-social-media-for-parents-of-adolescents-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1
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Christina Akre, Julie Polvinen, Nicole J Ullrich, Michael Rich
The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate Children's at Home (C@H), a dedicated social media website for parents of adolescents with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1). The interventional study included two phases: (1) creating video intervention/prevention assessment (VIA) visual narratives about having an adolescent with NF1 and (2) interacting on C@H, a secure, medically moderated social media website. C@H was evaluated qualitatively at three time points. At enrollment (T0, N = 17), participants reported needing C@H to break their isolation, connect with other families, and receive accurate information, advice, and support from others facing similar challenges...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335160/mobile-phone-use-among-patients-and-health-workers-to-enhance-primary-healthcare-a-qualitative-study-in-rural-south-africa
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Jocelyn Olivia Todd Anstey Watkins, Jane Goudge, Francesc Xavier Gómez-Olivé, Frances Griffiths
Mobile phones have the potential to improve access to healthcare information and services in low-resourced settings. This study investigated the use of mobile phones among patients with chronic diseases, pregnant women, and health workers to enhance primary healthcare in rural South Africa. Qualitative research was undertaken in Mpumalanga in 2014. Semi structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 113 patients and 43 health workers from seven primary healthcare clinics and one district hospital. Data were thematically analysed...
February 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331967/understanding-frailty-a-qualitative-study-of-european-healthcare-policy-makers-approaches-to-frailty-screening-and-management
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Holly Gwyther, Rachel Shaw, Eva-Amparo Jaime Dauden, Barbara D'Avanzo, Donata Kurpas, Maria Bujnowska-Fedak, Tomasz Kujawa, Maura Marcucci, Antonio Cano, Carol Holland
OBJECTIVE: To elicit European healthcare policy-makers' views, understanding and attitudes about the implementation of frailty screening and management strategies and responses to stakeholders' views. DESIGN: Thematic analysis of semistructured qualitative interviews. SETTING: European healthcare policy departments. PARTICIPANTS: Seven European healthcare policy-makers representing the European Union (n=2), UK (n=2), Italy (n=1), Spain (n=1) and Poland (n=1)...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330835/international-guidelines-for-groin-hernia-management
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INTRODUCTION: Worldwide, more than 20 million patients undergo groin hernia repair annually. The many different approaches, treatment indications and a significant array of techniques for groin hernia repair warrant guidelines to standardize care, minimize complications, and improve results. The main goal of these guidelines is to improve patient outcomes, specifically to decrease recurrence rates and reduce chronic pain, the most frequent problems following groin hernia repair. They have been endorsed by all five continental hernia societies, the International Endo Hernia Society and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery...
February 2018: Hernia: the Journal of Hernias and Abdominal Wall Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247527/high-volume-forced-diuresis-with-matched-hydration-using-the-renalguard-system-to-prevent-contrast-induced-nephropathy-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
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Rahman Shah, Sarah J Wood, Sajjad A Khan, Amina Chaudhry, M Rehan Khan, Mohamed S Morsy
BACKGROUND: Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a well-recognized complication of coronary angiography that is associated with poor outcomes. Several small randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have recently shown that in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), furosemide-induced forced diuresis with matched hydration using the RenalGuard system can prevent its occurrence. However, individual studies have been underpowered and thus cannot show significant differences in major clinical endpoints...
December 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231159/facet-joint-injections-for-non-specific-low-back-pain-a-feasibility-rct
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Saowarat Snidvongs, Rod S Taylor, Alia Ahmad, Simon Thomson, Manohar Sharma, Angela Farr, Deborah Fitzsimmons, Stephanie Poulton, Vivek Mehta, Richard Langford
BACKGROUND: Pain of lumbar facet-joint origin is a common cause of low back pain in adults and may lead to chronic pain and disability, with associated health and socioeconomic implications. The socioeconomic burden includes an inability to return to work resulting in loss of productivity in addition to direct and indirect health-care utilisation costs. Lumbar facet-joints are paired synovial joints between the superior and inferior articular processes of consecutive lumbar vertebrae and between the fifth lumbar vertebra and the sacrum...
December 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225906/patient-engagement-in-kidney-research-opportunities-and-challenges-ahead
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REVIEW
Amber O Molnar, Moumita Barua, Ana Konvalinka, Kara Schick-Makaroff
Purpose of Review: Patient engagement in research is increasingly recognized as an important component of the research process and may facilitate translation of research findings. To heighten awareness on this important topic, this review presents opportunities and challenges of patient engagement in research, drawing on specific examples from 4 areas of Canadian kidney research conducted by New Investigators in the Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training (KRESCENT) Program...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169360/positioning-pharmacists-roles-in-primary-health-care-a-discourse-analysis-of-the-compensation-plan-in-alberta-canada
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Christine A Hughes, Rene R Breault, Deborah Hicks, Theresa J Schindel
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive Compensation Plan for pharmacy services delivered by community pharmacists was implemented in Alberta, Canada in July 2012. Services covered by the Compensation Plan include care planning services, prescribing services such as adapting prescriptions, and administering a drug or publicly-funded vaccine by injection. Understanding how the Compensation Plan was framed and communicated provides insight into the roles of pharmacists and the potential influence of language on the implementation of services covered by the Compensation Plan by Albertan pharmacists...
November 23, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166260/the-development-and-content-validation-of-a-multidisciplinary-evidence-based-wound-infection-prevention-and-treatment-guideline
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Sammy A Zakhary, Chris Davey, Rebecca Bari, Jordan Bean, Tyler Reber, Kathy Gallagher, Kara Couch, Jennifer Hurlow, Karen Laforet, Corrine McIssac, Karen Napier, Diana Vilar-Compte, Emily Zakhary, Michel Hermans, Laura Bolton
Acute and chronic wound infections create clinical, economic, and patient-centered challenges best met by multidisciplinary wound care teams providing consistent, valid, clinically relevant, safe, evidence-based management across settings. To develop an evidence-based wound infection guideline, PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature databases were searched from inception through August 1, 2017 using the terms (or synonyms) wound infection and risk factor, significant, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, or surveillance...
November 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109577/creation-of-a-natural-health-products-database-for-assessing-safety-for-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-or-renal-transplant
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Sharon Leung, Karen Shalansky, Puneet Vashisht, Marianna Leung, Judith G Marin
Introduction: There is a lack of published safety information on the use of natural health products (NHPs) for patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) or renal transplant. Objective: To create an online database to provide evidence-based safety recommendations for commonly used NHPs, specific to patients with CKD or renal transplant. Methods: NHPs used by CKD and transplant patients in British Columbia were identified from the records of the BC Provincial Renal Agency...
September 2017: Canadian Journal of Hospital Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060130/asthma-academy-developing-educational-technology-to-improve-asthma-medication-adherence-and-intervention-efficiency
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Aiswaria S Nair, Karen DeMuth, Chih-Wen Cheng, May D Wang
Asthma is a leading chronic disorder among children and adolescents. Although some children outgrow asthma while transitioning into adulthood, there are others who continue to suffer from life-threatening asthmatic exacerbations. Teenagers tend to have certain misconceptions about their asthmatic condition and treatment which are rarely recognized or addressed in regular clinical consultations. After reviewing the literature in this field, we have identified that improving patient knowledge can be effective in augmenting engagement, and considerably improving their clinical outcomes...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029967/-10-years-of-external-quality-assurance-in-dialysis-in-germany-results-and-future-prospects
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Dorothea Büchtemann, Stefan Meinhold, Peter Follert
BACKGROUND: In 2006, the Federal Joint Committee introduced a quality assurance programme for ambulatory dialysis treatment in Germany. Regarding the impact of chronic dialysis treatment on the quality of life of patients and on health care costs, quality assurance in dialysis is considered highly relevant. The directive on Quality Assurance in Dialysis (QSD-RL) established an external quality assurance programme based on the assessment of certain quality parameters combined with an internal quality management system based on benchmarking parameters in all dialysis practices and centres...
October 10, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualität Im Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964650/community-acquired-legionnaires-disease-at-a-medical-center-in-northern-taiwan
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Wei-Fang Kao, Jann-Tay Wang, Wang-Huei Sheng, Yee-Chun Chen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Legionella pneumophila had been recognized as an important pathogen for community-acquired pneumonia. We aimed to investigate clinical features and outcomes of patients with Legionnaires' disease at a tertiary medical center in northern Taiwan. METHODS: From June 2012 to February 2017, a retrospective review of adult community-acquired. Legionnaires' disease at a medical center was conducted. All Legionella infections were confirmed by positive urinary Legionella antigen assay, sera indirect immunofluorescence assay, or sputum culture for Legionella...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933516/anti-il5-therapies-for-asthma
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REVIEW
Hugo A Farne, Amanda Wilson, Colin Powell, Lynne Bax, Stephen J Milan
BACKGROUND: This review is the first update of a previously published review in The Cochrane Library (Issue 7, 2015). Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is the main cytokine involved in the activation of eosinophils, which cause airway inflammation and are a classic feature of asthma. Monoclonal antibodies targeting IL-5 or its receptor (IL-5R) have been developed, with recent studies suggesting that they reduce asthma exacerbations, improve health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and lung function...
September 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925418/mhealth-application-areas-and-technology-combinations-a-comparison-of-literature-from-high-and-low-middle-income-countries
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Haitham Abaza, Michael Marschollek
BACKGROUND: With the continuous and enormous spread of mobile technologies, mHealth has evolved as a new subfield of eHealth. While eHealth is broadly focused on information and communication technologies, mHealth seeks to explore more into mobile devices and wireless communication. Since mobile phone penetration has exceeded other infrastructure in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), mHealth is seen as a promising component to provide pervasive and patient-centered care. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our research work for this paper is to examine the mHealth literature to identify application areas, target diseases, and mHealth service and technology types that are most appropriate for LMICs...
August 8, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923162/food-and-nutrition-programs-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-australians-an-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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Jennifer Browne, Karen Adams, Petah Atkinson, Deborah Gleeson, Rick Hayes
Objective To provide an overview of previous reviews of programs that aimed to improve nutritional status or diet-related health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, in order to determine what programs are effective and why.Methods A systematic search of databases and relevant websites was undertaken to identify reviews of nutrition interventions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Pairs of reviewers undertook study selection and data extraction and performed quality assessment using a validated tool...
September 19, 2017: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
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